How to Stop a Painful Side Stitch from Sidelining You On the Run

Side stitches affect up to 70% of all runners.  If you’ve ever suffered from a sharp, shooting pain in your side in the middle of your run, you know how awful it is.

On today’s Run to the Top Podcast, we go into the science of side stitches. You’ll learn:

  • which runners are most susceptible to them
  • what you can do to prevent them, and
  • how to deal with a side stitch on the run

This will be a super helpful episode if you’ve ever suffered from side stitches or if you never want to.

And we know that it’s getting hot out there for a lot of you runners in the northern hemisphere. Make  sure that you know exactly how much the heat will affect your runs and how to adjust your paces to make sure you are getting the most out of your workout. Download our FREE temperature calculator that you can use all summer long.  

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This week’s show brought to you by: Magnesium Breakthrough from Bioptimizers. 

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LMNT

When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 

Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets. They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 

Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 

What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 

That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.

Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).